Astronomy Books for Kids

Best Children’s Books about Astronomy

Is your child crazy about Space and Space Exploration? Once a kid gets the space bug, sometimes it’s difficult to get him or her interested in anything else. No worries! Here are a few of the very best books written about Space, especially for children. After all, the Space Bug isn’t something you want to cure — you want to encourage it!

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Kids’ Books about the Stars

The night sky can be fascinating — and even more so when you know what you’re looking at. Get your kid off on the right foot with one of these terrific guides to the night skies.

Exploring the Night Sky: The Equinox Astronomy Guide for Beginners
Exploring the Night Sky: The Equinox Astronomy Guide for Beginners

Night Sky Star Wheel
Night Sky Star Wheel

Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time: What the Hubble Telescope Saw
Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time: What the Hubble Telescope Saw

A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations--and How You Can Find Them in the Sky
A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations–and How You Can Find Them in the Sky

Super Stars: The Biggest, Hottest, Brightest, and Most Explosive Stars in the Milky Way
Super Stars: The Biggest, Hottest, Brightest, and Most Explosive Stars in the Milky Way

See the Stars: Your First Guide to the Night Sky
See the Stars: Your First Guide to the Night Sky

Kids’ Books about the Solar System

These books about the solar system start your kids off close to home, with fascinating information about our earth and the planets closest to us.

13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System
13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System

Exploring the Solar System: A History with 22 Activities
Exploring the Solar System: A History with 22 Activities

Beyond: A Solar System Voyage
Beyond: A Solar System Voyage

Far-Out Guide to Earth
Far-Out Guide to Earth

Don't Know Much About the Solar System
Don’t Know Much About the Solar System

Our Solar System (revised edition)
Our Solar System (revised edition)

The Mysterious Universe

Mysterious Universe: Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Black HolesMysterious Universe: Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Black Holes

Supernovae, Black Holes, and Dark Matter are fascinating stuff, and this book provides an excellent introduction, as well as a good treatment of what professional astronomers actually do. Recommended for readers in Grades 5 to 7.

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Space-Related Biographies for Kids

No less fascinating than Space are the men and women who study it. These biographies about people in the world of astronomy and space travel will be fascinating for young readers.

Flying to the Moon: An Astronaut's Story
Flying to the Moon: An Astronaut’s Story

Women Astronomers: Reaching for the Stars
Women Astronomers: Reaching for the Stars

Neil, Buzz, and Mike Go to the Moon
Neil, Buzz, and Mike Go to the Moon

Reaching for the Moon
Reaching for the Moon

Galileo for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 25 Activities
Galileo for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 25 Activities

Stephen Hawking: Breaking The Boundaries Of Time And Space
Stephen Hawking: Breaking The Boundaries Of Time And Space

Kids’ Astronomy Reference Books

If you’re going to study space, you’ve just got to have a good reference shelf. These books will get your child off to a good start.

Planets, Stars, and Galaxies: A Visual Encyclopedia of Our Universe
Planets, Stars, and Galaxies: A Visual Encyclopedia of Our Universe

Atlas of the Universe
Atlas of the Universe

The Kingfisher Space Encyclopedia
The Kingfisher Space Encyclopedia

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Cosmic Cosmic

Honestly, this book sounded so delightful I just ordered a copy to read for myself. 12-year-old Liam has hit a growth spurt, and now often can pass for an adult, which is how he ends up on a space flight as the “adult chaperone” of a group of kids. (Frank Cottrell Boyce is also the author of Millions and Framed, both of which were made into charming movies.)

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